In response to the declining prevalence of COVID-19 in the community, Vidant Health is expanding visits to most clinical areas of the system, including patients with COVID-positive disease.
As of Wednesday morning, Vidant has accepted changes to the verification process, entry requirements and recommendations for visitors.
“Visitors should wear surgical masks provided at examination stations, or personal masks N95 / KN95, as long as they are clean, intact, without a valve and have no visible gaps,” Vidant said in a release. “Despite the encouraging trend of cases, community members remain vital to continue to follow safety measures such as hand washing, wearing masks and avoiding large gatherings.”
If a visitor answers any of the following questions in the affirmative, he or she may not enter the Vidant facility:
· Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are you waiting for a COVID-19 test result?
· Have you had close contact with a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
· Have you had any of these symptoms in the last 48 hours: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body pain; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea; or any other symptoms of the disease.
Entry requirements are as follows:
· Temperature check: The temperature should be below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
· Disguise: Wear a hospital-approved mask at all times in the building. Specialists will give you a hospital mask if you do not have one. Tissue masks are not allowed.
· Hand washing: At the entrance, visitors should smear or use hand sanitizer.
· Social distancing: avoid close contact with others.
· Limit personal belongings during your visit.
· Limit patient room visits and please do not go to hospitals other than cafes.
“The situation is evolving, and Vidan continues to monitor the dissemination and study of local data, including cases of COVID-19 in our region and in hospitals, and will adjust the restrictions on visits accordingly,” the press release said. “Vidant strongly encourages visitors to consider virtual visiting options such as FaceTime and phone calls. Assistance in virtual visits, including on the iPad for patients without the necessary technology, is available upon request. Virtual visiting is the safest way to stay in touch with a loved one. ”